There is only one place in Preston you can go home bruised from a bake sale and that is at a roller derby.
Preston Roller Girls began life in 2010 becoming Lancashire’s first roller derby team, since then they have taken part in a Skatemania marathon and hosted a stall at Preston Pride.
The club trains at Preston College and competes against other roller-skating teams across England.
Team captain Aine Ni Choisdealbha joined in 2012 after starting her career in Dublin.
She said: “We all have nicknames which adds to the spirit and fun of the sport, I’m known as Peppy.
“We want to establish ourselves as a real force and challenge to be the best in the north west.
“It is a contact sport, I often leave the arena with bruises as big as my thigh, but it is so enjoyable”
For now, Preston only has a women’s team with a few men who join in training.
“There is a lot going on it is a really fast paced spectator sport.
PR manager Christina Crook is one of the club’s 50 members.
She said: “The sport is therapy.
“It is such a good stress relief as you can channel your anger.
“The club is a real family, we support each other emotionally.
“Our matches aren’t just about competing or watching sport, it is about the community coming together.
“We wanted a carnival atmosphere at our next roller derby bout with Oxford Wheels of Glory on Saturday, November 23 at Preston College.
“So we rented a smaller hall at the college where we will be hosting a bake sale and invited local businesses to be set up stalls before the match kicks off.”
A roller derby is a team of five against five, points are scored by lapping members of the opposition and each side is made up of one jammer, one pivot and three defensive blockers.
UCLan student Alyce Brown said: “I joined last year and also play back home in Peterborough.
“I wouldn’t have considered myself a team player before joining.
“But Preston is like a family, really close knit.
“They have opened my eyes to team sport.”
The girls are looking for sponsorship.
If you want more information visit their website: https://www.facebook.com/prestonrollers or email Christina Crook on: firstname.lastname@example.org.